Can you eat coconut oil?
A friend asked me this question the other day while we were hanging out at our favourite coffee place.
Weird topic for a coffee date, I know, and I really don’t know why he asked that.
But his question was enough to ignite my curiosity, leaving me all afternoon to wonder about coconut oil of all things.
Can You Eat Coconut Oil?
Scientific researches have also shown that coconut oil, despite the high percentage of saturated fat that it contains, is actually helpful in preventing heart diseases like atherosclerosis (a condition in which fatty materials gather along artery walls).
And it improves our digestion leading to less amount of stomach-related problems, strengthen our immune system, and is helpful in reducing weight by increasing the body’s metabolism thus burning out more energy.
These benefits are due largely to the lauric acid found in coconut oil that our body converts to monolaurin which acts as antioxidant, anti-microbial, anti-fungal, and even fight HIV.
With all these positive effects how do we actually incorporate coconut oil in our diet or to quote my friend “can you eat coconut oil?”
Can You Eat Coconut Oil In Your Diet?
There are actually a lot of ways to eat coconut oil. For example, why not use it as bread spread.
Unlike the artery-cloggin margarine or butter, coconut oil can provide you with more positive health benefits.
I also know of some people who put coconut oil in their morning coffee or tea.
That way they can enjoy their daily caffeine kick while at the same time taking in a healthy dose of coconut oil.
For the health-conscious, you can add a spoonful of coconut oil while making your refreshing smoothies.
Adding coconut oil in your favourite drinks is a good way of taking it in.
If you have an adventurous palate then just literally eat the coconut oil, you know take a spoonful of it.
But we all know that the taste of coconut oil is not that good so it may take getting used to.
Here’s another tip, why not mixed it in your food?
Add a spoonful of it while you’re having your favourite yoghurt.
Or how about while making delicious pastries substitute some amount of coconut oil for whatever fat you’re using.
One friend of mine used coconut oil as an ingredient in her salad dressing and told me that her family quite enjoyed it.
But if you ask me, I most enjoyed eating coconut oil as candies.
Add a little bit of vanilla or cocoa, some sweetener or whatever it is you use in candy making.
Et voilà, coconut oil candies. Yummy!
Can You Eat Coconut Oil Daily?
It would also help if you do some research.
Try to read recipe books or surf the internet for ideas.
There are a lot of health sites that can give you tips on how to eat coconut oil.
Research can also give you additional knowledge on the different properties of coconut oil and its other uncommon benefits.
At the end of the day, it really depends on your creativity.
Hey, if you’re really clever maybe you can invent coconut oil sorbet!
Wouldn’t that be fascinating?
Be bold and experiment with your food and drinks and you’ll sure to find more ideas to incorporate coconut oil in your diet.
This way you can eat coconut oil and at the same time enjoy it.
Can you eat coconut oil ?
Of course you can.